The Ideal Texas Southern University Student


Her goal when she started four years ago in college was to graduate with honors.

Now she is awaiting the month of May as graduation is inching closer. Soon she is on her way to obtaining her degree and the very goal she set is now a reality. A goal set by Texas Southern University (TSU) student Kendra Pete.

Kendra, a senior and journalism major, is one to balance her things in life and as a student. In college, she does everything the average college student does, only to go beyond average. She does her best to attend every class day. When there are assignments colliding with projects, she manages and plans out what is due and what has to be done, which is honor-student material and she happens to be one, as a matter of fact. She is also a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Kendra, because of how she performs in college, is considered as the ideal TSU student.

Kendra describes an ideal TSU student as “a highly, self-motivated individual who sets goals and accomplishes them.”

In addition, Kendra said that an ideal TSU student also “utilizes their resources such as textbooks, teachers, and the library.”

Resources are there when a student needs them. Kendra is that type to seize those resources given if and when she needs that extra help.

She believes that she sets an example to other students.

“I have always been the type of person to take care of my business.”

Throughout class after class at TSU, Kendra has handled them with patience and no hesitation.

Also, the people she is surrounded by adds to that example. Some of the students on campus are just like her, even her friends.

“I have a great group of friends that do just as much, if not, more than me.”

Surrounded by a great group of people can influence one’s ability to focus on the goals at hand. It has now gone to the point where all other students want to be like her.

If a student wants to be like her, Kendra’s advice is one to follow.

“Remain focused,” she said.

“If you’re not distracted, you’ll be able to accomplish goals you set for yourself.”

Goals that a student sets for themselves can be achieved through planning and not let negativity get in the way of those goals. He or she does their best to have those goals accomplished. Take Kendra Pete for instance. Known as an intelligent young woman and an amazingly, brilliant scholar with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.94, Kendra has earned the title as the ideal TSU student.

Kendra Pete


Can TSU Include Men’s Soccer?


While Texas Southern University (TSU) has a women’s soccer team, some question why there is no men’s team.

There are college sports that have both men’s and women’s teams, but other sports either have men’s or women’s only, and one of them is the sport of soccer.

Yes, TSU has a soccer team, but it doesn’t include men and women teams.

So, like other colleges in the country, TSU only has a women’s soccer team. Some attending TSU, student or faculty member, addressed why a men’s team is not in place.

TSU graduate student Lora Naranjo said that “the budget” is a reason why there is no men’s team.

Sophomore student and TSU soccer player Valarie Cortez said that there is an “intramural men’s team.”

TSU’s intramural team is the recreational after-school organization, mostly known as a club.

Andrew Roberts, Texas Southern Sports Information Director, said via email, “There is not currently a program at Texas Southern.”

Michael Taylor was the President of TSU Men’s Soccer Club. He said that “historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) do not have men’s soccer.”

TSU athletic director Charles McClelland spoke on the topic.

“The conference does not support soccer.”

McClelland also pointed out factors on the topic.

“From a financial standpoint and gender equity, we cannot add men’s soccer to our athletics program.”

He said, “Women’s soccer was added because of Title IX”.

Title IX is known as the law of an education amendment that prohibits discrimination of sex in any education program or activity. Soccer is where the number of women expanded, and has more women’s teams than men’s in college.

TSU Women’s Soccer Coach Kathryn Saunders thinks there should be men’s soccer.

She said men’s soccer is “a good opportunity and diversity.”

Even Naranjo would like to have men’s soccer as well.

“The men can help out the women,” Naranjo said.

She also said that having men’s soccer will “make each other better.”

But men’s soccer at TSU may not happen. It is unsure if, in the years to come, the school would include men’s soccer.

“The conference does not sponsor men’s soccer at this time,” Roberts said via email.

One thing would be the school’s budget, which is the main issue of adding men’s soccer in the college athletics program.

“They would have to share money,” Cortez said.

There are questions about sharing money once the inclusion of men’s soccer occurs.

McClelland said that “gender equity” is the issue of adding a men’s team to soccer, yet the budget issue is the biggest.

“Limited space, and difficulty,” Saunders said.

“Coaching, staff, the budget, and investing in resources and funds,” Taylor said.

Another thing of the coaching and the staff is that both teams have to share. Adding more coaches is the other element that provides more work for the program.

Since HBCUs do not have men’s soccer teams, especially in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), budgetary reasons also come into play. And time will tell if it can be included to the school.


Story of My Career-To-Be

A Future Reporter

“Multiple sources say that Brad Davis, midfielder for the Houston Dynamo, has been included in the roster of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team. He along with 20 other gentlemen will fly to Brazil for the upcoming World Cup, the tournament of all sports tournaments. Not only are Dynamo fans excited, Davis himself is also excited and honored to be representing his country as well as the other players alongside him. With him on the team, many can expect the United States bringing the competition to the 31 countries that will also play for the tournament’s trophy.” There, I visualize myself doing that, perhaps even being that.

A vision like this is somewhat of a wake-up call, translating into a career I’d really want to enjoy. I could say that this job definitely has a good pay, but that’s not me. Money is the last reason why I want to be a reporter. Soccer is the reason why I want to be reporter.

Growing up, soccer was my first love. I put that at the top of my list of “Favorite Sport”. But then there came the writing. I take notes on paper and writing about ideas was a habit of mine. Also, there were times throughout my life where I wasn’t given the full facts or information on things me and my peers spoke of.  Not only were they sports-related, but we spoke on music, as well as other friends and events around school and the neighborhood parks. I felt as though I wasn’t getting the entire story. Only rumors and gossip and false information, which sort of got me pondering whether it was real or unreal.

Mr. Ulasi was speaking at the student orientation in the fall semester. I was one of the transfer students joining the incoming freshmen at the school of communications. He spoke about how communicating is important and it leads to a story, no matter the degree. He added that everyone in the auditorium, including me, has a life story.

The Texas Southern University’s School of Communications, also called the Martin Luther King Humanities Center, was the place for journalism majors. I chose print journalism as my field of study under the degree in communications because I want to report, I like writing, and I want the facts. I may report all things, and those things equal soccer.

Football and basketball are sports I talk about, but none come close to soccer. Watching it or playing it, soccer is my sport. There’s times where I would even bring up a soccer conversation or I bring up a fact involving it. Whether I go the whole day or just say one thing about soccer, something is going come out.  In fact, I am that big of a fan that I might report on the World Cup one day.

Everyone has a passion, and I found mine. Soccer is why I wanted to become a journalist and a reporter. Whichever one, I see myself doing something I love and always will love.

Texas Election Day

While many Texas Southern University (TSU) faculty members and students could say Texas has been a “red” state for 14 years, students shouldn’t be discouraged to go out and vote.

All individuals in the U.S. have had the option to have early voting in early October in order to choose their candidate in their proper state, including Texas.

Then along came Election Day. That is, faculty members, all other eligible individuals and eligible students vote on their candidate, for today is “the deadline” for election.

Other than that, there are so many different political parties who have their top candidates such as the Green Party and the Libertarian party, but it is more than likely that Republicans and Democrats are the big favorites to control and dominate office.

Some of these TSU faculty members and students shared their thoughts on Texas Election Day.

Terrence Bolton, president of TSU’s Student Government Association (SGA), spoke a little on the governor election.

He said he has voted for Wendy Davis because “I believe she is what Texas needs.”

Bolton was able to sit and talk to her whenever she came to TSU during her campaign.

What Davis said about the issues she will fix, if elected governor, Bolton favors, and she had his vote.

On the other hand, Edward Moore from TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law gave his opinion on the election.

He said that, even though “statistically, the Democrats are favored, historically, Texas has always been a ‘red’ state.” So history may be the factor in the Texas election.

Maria Lumbreras from TSU’s Hispanic Students Association brought up an interesting response to her opinion.

She said that Republicans are going to win because “Texas is a ‘red’ state, even though it has a ‘blue’ heart.”

Autumn Gray, who is a member of the NAACP, said that Democrats would win because the education issue and “ideas” are why she leans toward the Democrats.

Then there came expectations for this election.

Bolton said that he expects “proper results”, and that this election “empowers the voter and the voter would say ‘Yes, I made a difference’”.

Moore said that he expects the government to “function, get things straight”. He continued to say “the country can move forward and put politics aside”.

Madeline Spence from the Office of Student Services at TSU’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs said she expects that the election “improves the well-being of this country, all aspects.”

Gray expects the election to be “a shocker, if the Democrats win” most of the offices.

James Beard, also from TSU’s School of Law, said the election’s expectations “depend” on a couple of factors, such as the demographics and the political parties other than the Republicans and the Democrats.

TSU student Gustavo Bautista on expectations: “Not much. It’s going to stay the same. No change.”

Overall, these individuals discussed the expectations for this election and it began with how a vote is considered a key factor, because a vote leads to a big difference in this election.


Texas Governor Candidates

Some Texas Southern University students and faculty have strong opinions or votes on the candidates in this year’s Texas governor election.

Many people have read, spoken, or heard about this gubernatorial election.

Midterm elections, as it is also called, become crucial for a candidate running for Texas governor. And this year’s election is sparking quite a buzz.

Both Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have gone back and forth over issues that were facing Texas.

Both come from different political parties; Democrat and Republican, respectively.

Besides those, many candidates from other parties like the Green Party, for instance, quietly join in the running for a chance to become governor.

But only time will tell if Texas is ever going to have a governor whose political party is one other than the Republican or the Democratic.

Throughout history, Texas has been a “red” state, as in, Republican. There have only been fewer Democratic governors in the state of Texas.

If one were to speak in sports terms, Republicans are considered the “favorites” while the Democrats are known as the “underdogs”. And, Republicans candidates in Texas have taken governor office a majority of the time.

Chances are that the favorite, in this case Abbott, is projected to become Rick Perry’s replacement. But in comes along Davis, who has been known to become the Democratic candidate to win office as governor of Texas.

Their debates, their positions in certain issues, and some of their persuasive actions have intensified the race, making it a very, close race.

Some students and staff members on Texas Southern University have been keeping up with this election. Some even talk about why this candidate or this candidate is going to be governor. Those that go to the TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law discussed about who they say could be governor.

School of Law student Pamela Moreno said she is voting for Wendy Davis because Davis’s “policies for women and equal pay” is what she, “as a woman”, agrees to those policies.

Marcos Soto, another law student, said he thinks Abbott becomes governor but is voting for Davis because Davis’s “policies” on the issues discussed in her debate are what he follows.

Then “a lack of education” is what Davis will fix if she gets elected.

On the other hand, two others being interviewed favored Abbott as Texas Governor.

Adam Andrews said he is going for Abbott because “Texas is a ‘red’ state.”

He went on to say that “his (Abbott) values are for Texas”. He also didn’t approve Davis’s wheelchair advertisement, which aimed at Greg Abbott.

Thomas Lee said he is voting for Abbott because “he is better situated for governor”. He also gave fair points on his take.

He discussed that Abbott is from Austin, Texas and “he studied legislature . . . learned under Rick Perry” and also has solutions to Texas laws and the border wars.

One interesting candidate is Kathie Glass. This Libertarian candidate, chosen by law student Gavin, has a solution to the “private property tax” issue. On this main issue is a reason why he is voting for her.

Silent candidates have been voted on or spoken of, but in the end, the Lone Star State may have another Democratic or Republican candidate as their governor.



Texas Southern University Founders’ Day

On September 19, Texas Southern University honored one of its important figures and alumni on the 87th annual Founders’ Day ceremony in the auditorium.

There were many founders, Barbara Jordan included, but the ceremony’s main focus was former Congressman George Thomas “Mickey” Leland.

Upon receiving his Bachelor’s degree and, soon after, a doctorate degree from Texas Southern University, Leland was not only a good person known to help others in need, he also got elected to Congress in the House of Representatives.

During his tenure, he was an activist for the people in poverty and the hungry in both the U.S. and the world.

One of the speakers at the ceremony said that to “build a bridge, you have to take the first step.”

This same quote implies the way Leland approached his plan to help the world with the problems it was facing and provided great service to all those who and wherever he went.

When he passed away in 1989, he became recognized as one of the most influential notables of TSU, later being honored on Founders’ Day.

An airport terminal in Texas is among the many things made in his name.

Many of Leland’s similarities are also those of his good friend, Gene Locke.

Locke, now a Texas attorney, spoke about his late friend at the ceremony and some of the things crucial to those attending about the opportunities.

Locke said “Opportunities are going to come.”

Leland had a vision and, when the opportunity came, he took it.

Not only did he and Locke take the opportunities that came, they were able to accomplish them due to a “successful attitude.”

A takeaway from Locke’s speech is whatever we want to do in life, we must have a successful attitude and also be prepared when the opportunity comes.

Leland and Locke did exactly just that while Locke gave his amazing speech during the ceremony.

After the ceremony, many of the students agreed on its presentation.

One of them said that it was “impactful” , “powerful”, and what she took away from it was that the only one who holds you back from what you want to do in life is you, nobody else.

Another student said the ceremony was “eye-opening” and also said “no matter” your descriptions or qualities, you can do what you want in life.

One other from the school’s choir said the ceremony was “good” and “at TSU you make your decisions” on what you want to achieve success.

Another student said the ceremony could have been “more directed”, but it was “motivational”.

Another student I interviewed said the ceremony was “interesting” all throughout, then said to “have an attitude” when speaking on what he took away from the ceremony itself.

Most of these students interviewed after the ceremony have all agreed on something after it concluded.

This ceremony is definitely one to remember, where a very good speech on Locke’s late friend who, again, became recognized as TSU’s historic figures and one of the founders of this university.

TSU Auditorium